How long is the tour?
The tour usually lasts about forty-five to fifty minutes.
Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?
All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.
Where is the best place to park?
Public transportation is encouraged. The closest MBTA stations are Charles/MGH on the Red Line and Government Center on the Green and Blue Lines. Visitors who drive should look for on-street metered parking near the Otis House. Nearby parking garages include the Government Center garage, Boston Common garage, and Charles River Plaza. Be sure to leave plenty of time to find a parking spot.
Is this Otis family related to the Otis elevator family?
It is believed that the families are distantly related. However, there was never an elevator in the Otis House.
How many Otis houses are there?
There are three houses built for Harrison Gray Otis in Boston. All three were designed by architect Charles Bulfinch and all are still standing today. The second Harrison Gray Otis house, built in 1801, is located at 55 Mount Vernon Street, and is a private home. The third Harrison Gray Otis house, built in 1806, is at 45 Beacon Street, and is the headquarters of the American Meteorological Society.
Are there restrooms at the Otis House?
Yes. There is one public restroom. The restroom is open to the public during regular museum hours and special events.
Is the museum handicapped accessible?
A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. The Otis House has not been equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. However, a portable ramp is available for use to gain access to the first floor. We are glad to offer guests a visual tour of the second floor of the museum from the comfort of our reception area. Service animals are always welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one.
Can I take photographs at the Otis House?
Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.
How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?
Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage. To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or join online. You can reach the Otis House staff at 617-994-5920 or by e-mail.